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1. International Stuttering Awareness Day: 22 October

The International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is marked every year on October 22. It aims at increasing awareness about the speech disorder that is said to affect 70 million people worldwide.

It was decided in 1998 that October 22 will be designated as ISAD. Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a condition where fluency of speech is affected.

2. Global trade to fall by 7 to 9% in 2020

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has informed that the value of global trade is set to fall by 7-9% in 2020.

In its quarterly Global Trade Update, it said that preliminary data for the third quarter suggest that global growth remained negative with a decline of about 4.5%.

As per the report, India’s exports declined 6.1% on-year for the quarter ended 30 Sept 2020.

3. World’s longest flight to resume operations

The world’s longest flight from Singapore to New York will resume service from 9 November 2020.

Passengers will now disembark at John F Kennedy International Airport instead of Newark airport.

The Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft with 42 business seats, 24 premium economy seats and 187 economy seats will be operated on the Singapore Changi Airport JFK International Airport route non-stop.

4. ICICI Bank revises fixed deposit rates

ICICI Bank has slashed interest rates on fixed deposits (FDs) on selected tenures. The bank offers fixed deposits ranging from 7 days to 10 years.

After the latest revision, ICICI Bank gives 2.5% interest on deposits maturing in 7 days to 29 days, 3% for 30 days to 90 days, 3.5% for FDs maturing in 91 days to 184 days.

The bank has cut the interest rate on deposits maturing in 1-2 years.

5. Shayara Bano gets minister rank in Uttarakhand

Anti-triple talaq crusader Shayara Bano, who recently joined the BJP, has been given the minister of state status by the Uttarakhand government.

She was the first Muslim woman to question the constitutionality of the practice of triple talaq in the Supreme Court.

The other two women appointed to the post are Jyoti Shah from Ranikhet in Almora district and Pushpa Paswan from Chamoli district.

6. Gland Pharma gets a nod from SEBI

Gland Pharma Ltd, which is majority-owned by China’s Fosun group, has received the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi) approval to go ahead with its proposed 6,000 crore IPO.

The company, backed by China’s Fosun Pharma, had filed the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) for its IPO with Sebi in July 2020. It develops, manufactures and markets complex injectables.

7. Amit Mehta assigned a crucial lawsuit

India-born US District Judge Amit Mehta has been assigned the Justice Department’s crucial lawsuit against internet search giant Google.

Mehta was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on December 22, 2014.

Mehta is the former co-chair of the District of Columbia Bar’s Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section Steering Committee.

8. Assam Agar International Trade Centre

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has laid the foundation stone of Assam Agar International Trade Centre at Golaghat.

It will promote the business potential of the farmers as well as entrepreneurs associated with agarwood plantation and trade in the state.

This trade centre is the first of its kind in the country. It would be a step towards making a self-reliant Assam.

9. SC Railway starts 3rd Kisan rail

The South Central Railway has started the third Kisan rail from the zone on 21 Oct 2020, to reach Adarsh Nagar Station in New Delhi.

A total of 242.6 tonnes of commodities have been transported by this train.

The Govt has started Kisan Rail concept to boost the income of farmers while providing a hassle-free, safe and fast transport services for the marketing of the agriculture sector.

10. India’s first-ever Khadi Fabric Footwear

Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises- MSME, Nitin Gadkari has launched India’s first-ever high-quality Khadi Fabric Footwear.

It has been designed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). This footwear is made of Khadi fabric like Silk, Cotton and Wool.

Mr Gadkari also launched the online sale of Khadi footwear through KVIC’s e-portal

11. UP govt to provide assistance to labourers

UP Govt has announced to provide financial assistance to labourers for historical and religious tour.

It will give financial assistance of Rs12,000 to the labourers of state for the tour of historical and religious sites under Swami Vivekananda Historical Tourism Scheme.

Rs7500 assistance for purchase of books will also be given under Mahadevi Verma Book Purchase Financial Assistance Scheme.

12. RPF launches ‘Meri Saheli’ initiative

The staff of Railway Protection Force in Vijayawada Division has launched Meri Saheli initiative in Train No.07225 Amaravathi Express between Vijayawada-Hubli.

The motto is to provide a safe and secure environment to lady passengers travelling in trains throughout their journey.

An all-women team headed by one RPF lady Sub-Inspector and few Constables has ;been constituted at the Station.

13. N Narasimha Reddy passes away

N Narasimha Reddy, the first Home Minister of Telangana, passed away in October 2020. He held Home and Labour Ministries in the first cabinet after separate Telangana State was formed in 2014.

He began his political career under the influence of socialist leader Jayprakash Narayan. He actively took part in the public agitation for achieving special statehood for Telangana from 2001 onwards.

14. ‘COVID-19 – No Tolerance Fortnight’

In Mizoram, the state government has decided to observe ‘COVID-19 – No Tolerance Fortnight’ beginning from 26th October 2020.

This would be a containment measure to flatten the curve of COVID-19 in the state.

The decision was taken on 21 Oct 2020 in a meeting chaired by the Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr R. Lalthangliana to assess the COVID-19 situation in the state.

15. Dhaka-Siliguri train to start in March 2021

Passenger train services from Dhaka to Siliguri are planned to be started from 26 March 2021.

The Chilahati-Haldibari line is also expected to be inaugurated on the occasion of the Victory Day celebration in December 2020.

The work on the Bangabandhu railway bridge would also start from November 2020. The bridge would improve rail connectivity between the two countries immensely.

16. Adaptation of J&K Panchayati Raj Act

The Union Cabinet has approved adaptation of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989.

The move will establish three tiers of grass-root level democracy in Jammu and Kashmir like in other parts of the country.

It would allow the people of the UT to elect their representatives to the ward Sabha or the ward Majlis, Gram Sabha or the Halqa Majlis and district development committees.

17. Productivity linked bonus approved

The Cabinet has approved productivity linked bonus and non-productivity linked Bonus for the non-gazetted central government employees for 2019-2020.

More than 30 lakh employees will be benefited by the bonus announcement and total financial implication will be Rs. 3,737 crore. The bonus will be given in a single instalment before Vijaydashmi.

18. Extension of Market Intervention Scheme

The Cabinet has approved the extension of Market Intervention Scheme, MIS for apple procurement in Jammu and Kashmir for the current season.

It will be on the same terms and condition as was done during last season. The procurement will be done by the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited, NAFED through State Designated Agency.

19. MoU between ICAI and CPAS, Papua New Guinea

The Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, ICAI and the Certified Practising Accountants, Papua New Guinea.

Both will work together in capacity building and strengthening the Accounting base in Papua New Guinea.

The Mutual Recognition Agreement between the ICAI and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants has also been approved.

20. INS Kavaratti commissioned into Navy

The last of the four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes INS Kavaratti under Project 28 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 22 Oct 2020.

It was commissioned by Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Naravane, at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.

Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design(DND).

21. India to host India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue

India will be hosting the Third India-US 22
Ministerial Dialogue on 27th of October 2020 in New Delhi.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper will be visiting India to participate in the dialogue.

From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar will lead the delegation.

22. Sushil Kumar: HC to Solomon Islands

Sushil Kumar Singhal, a 2000-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, has been concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to the Solomon Islands.

According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr Singhal will be residing in Port Moresby.

He is presently serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

23. ‘COVIRAP’ gets ICMR certification

‘COVIRAP’ has been successfully validated for its efficacy in COVID-19 detection by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

It is a diagnostic technology developed by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This COVID-19 Diagnostic Test is fairly easy to conduct, affordable and can produce results within one hour.

24. SEBI orders Prabhat Dairy to put ₹1,292 Cr

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) which is probing Prabhat Dairy Ltd for alleged manipulation on 20th Oct directed it to deposit ₹1,292 crores in an escrow for failing to cooperate with the forensic auditors.

Sebi also received several complaints from minority investors citing delay in delisting and manipulation of books of accounts.

25. Taxmantra propels $100 mn fund to invest

Kolkata-based global tax and law firm Taxmantra has launched a $100 million fund to invest in tech startups in India and Southeast Asia in the next 18 months through its new investment arm ProfitBoard Ventures.

It will assist early and growth-stage startups in fundraising through its consortium of global investors.

26. Bangladesh’s ShopUp raises $22.5 mn

Bangladesh-based social commerce platform ShopUp has raised $22.5 Mn in a Series A round, which was led by Sequoia Capital India and Flourish Ventures, with additional participation through VEON Ventures, Speedinvest, and Lonsdale Capital.

Bengaluru-based fashion retailer Voonik had merged with ShopUp, with both the founders of Voonik joining ShopUp as cofounders.

27. Videocon case: Dhoots offer to pay Rs30,000 cr

The Dhoot family has offered to pay Rs 30,000 crore to lenders to settle their outstanding loans and pull out 13 Videocon group companies from the insolvency proceedings.

Venugopal Dhoot was the Chairman and Managing Director of the suspended board of Videocon Industries,

The company’s board was suspended following initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process under the IBC.

28. China plans to build World’s Maritime Fleet

China is seeking to build the world’s biggest surface and subsurface maritime fleet.

“China is growing the largest maritime surface and subsurface fleet in the world,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the Atlantic Future Forum.

The Atlantic Future Forum is the annual defence, security, technology and trade summit between the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

29. Rare white sea turtle found on Carolina beach

Rare white sea turtle has been found on South Carolina beach, such turtles are found in the wild.

Volunteers checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach came upon a rare sight: a white sea turtle hatchling crawling across the sand.

The town says the hatchling is believed to have a genetic condition called leucism, which causes animals to have reduced pigmentation.

30. 1.16L infants died due to air pollution

Pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 1,16,000 Indian infants in their first month of life in 2019.

Air pollution is now the largest risk factor for death among all health risks, according to the annual State of Global Air 2020 report published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI).

The report highlights the ongoing challenge of high outdoor air pollution in South Asian countries.

31. NASA spacecraft grabs sample of rocks

A NASA spacecraft touched down on the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid on 20 Oct 2020. It grabbed a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of our solar system.

The minivan-sized OSIRIS-REX spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, extended its 11-foot (3.35 m) robotic arm toward a flat patch of gravel near Bennu’s north pole and plucked the sample of rocks.

32. Israeli Embassy to have Water Attache in India

Israel Embassy will have a separate ‘Water Attache’ from January 2021 in India. This will help share their country’s best practices and technologies for advancements in India’s water management and agriculture sectors.

In another significant development, Israel will soon nominate an honorary Consul in the North-East with the aim to increase its presence and collaboration in that region.

33. India Ranks Second in Inflow of Migrants

India ranked second in terms of the “total” inflow of new migrants to OECD countries during the year 2018.

China retained the top position as the largest source country, while India overtook Romania to emerge as the second-largest.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a forum where the govts of 36 member states with market economies work with each other.

34. Bengaluru collected 4.4 crores in Fine

Bengaluru city traffic police have registered over one lakh violation cases and collected more than Rs 4.4 crore fines in a week.

Police observed that city motorists lacking lane discipline are posing a danger to road safety.

Police decided to launch the special drive after noticing the increasing number of fatal accidents, the drive was carried out between October 11 and 17.

35. First Family Court of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir High Court’s Chief Justice, Gita Mittal on 20 Oct 2020 inaugurated the first Family Court in the Union Territory at Srinagar.

The objective of establishing a family court is to ensure speedy justice and inexpensive relief in family law cases with minimal formalities.

In India, the first family court was established in the State of Rajasthan in 1985.

36. ‘Mo Bidyut’ portal, app launched

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has launched an electricity consumer service portal ‘Mo Bidyut” and its mobile app.

It will provide efficient, time-bound and transparent online service to the people of the State.

Consumers will be able to avail services pertaining to new power connection up to 5 KW for domestic, general-purpose and specified public purpose like irrigation, pumping, etc.

37. Odisha govt signs an agreement with FICCI

Odisha government has signed an agreement with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as its national industry partner for the third edition of ‘Make in Odisha’ conclave.

The agreement has been signed for investment promotion and investor outreach activities to be undertaken leading up to the next edition of ‘Make in Odisha’ Conclave.

38. Toyota Kirloskar ties up with Bank of Baroda

Bank of Baroda (BOB) has announced a tie-up with Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) to enable finance options for the automaker’s customers and dealers.

BoB will be one of the preferred financiers for the entire range of vehicles sold by TKM.

The new service facilitates customers to avail customised solutions such as high on-road funding of 90 per cent, long repayment period of 84 months, etc.

39. Haryana tops Anemia Mukt Bharat Index

Haryana was ranked at the top in the Anemia Mukt Bharat (AMB) Index among 29 states in the country.

The Anemia Mukt Bharat, an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and UNICEF, has been launched to reduce the prevalence of Anemia all over India.

It was for the first time in the year 2019-20 that the state had achieved 93 per cent of immunization.

40. Brazilian volunteer dies in vaccine trial

A volunteer in a clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died.

So far 8,000 of the planned 10,000 volunteers in the trial have been recruited and given the first dose in six cities in Brazil, and many have already received the second shot.

41. Delhi Gov launches Campaign to curb pollution

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to motorists to switch off their engines at traffic signals as part of a government campaign to reduce local factors contributing to air pollution in the Capital.

Environment Minister launched ‘Red Light on, Gaadi Off’ campaign to curb pollution. Pollution can be reduced by 15-20% by turning off the engine.

42. Salman’s family buys LPL franchise

Lankan Premier League (LPL) franchise Kandy Tuskers has been bought by actor Salman Khan’s family.

The tournament was initially scheduled in August 2020 but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will now be held from November 21 to December 13, 2020, with five franchises fighting for the title.

43. India reports lowest cases

Health Ministry has informed that on the global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population.

With consistently falling case fatality rate which is presently 1.51 per cent, it also has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality.

According to the worldometer, India’s COVID-19 tally has breached 77 lakh mark while the death toll has surged past 1.16 lakh.

44. PM Modi to launch several important projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch several important projects in Gujarat on 24th of October 2020.

These projects include the launch of a rope-way project of Girnar Hills, the launch of Kisan Suryodaya Yojna to provide electricity during the daytime to farmers of Gir-Somnath, Patan and Dahod districts, etc. These facilities have been completed at a cost of 470 crore rupees.

45. India, Bangladesh to operate 28 flights

The Indian government has established an air bubble arrangement with Bangladesh.

Carriers of India and Bangladesh will operate 28 flights (per week) each between the two countries.

With this, the number of such bilateral arrangements has reached 18.

The air bubble arrangement between the two countries helps airlines to operate international flights with certain restrictions.

46. Govt to release onion from buffer stock

The government has built up onion buffer stock from the Rabi onion-2020.

In order to moderate prices, onion from the buffer stock is being released in a calibrated manner from the second half of September 2020 to major mandis and State Governments.

The govt has relaxed the conditions for fumigation and additional declaration on Phytosanitary Certificate under the Plant Quarantine Order.

47. Facebook launches dating service in Europe

Facebook Inc is launching its dating service in 32 European countries after the rollout was delayed earlier this year due to regulatory concerns.

Facebook Dating, a dedicated, opt-in space within the Facebook app, was launched in the United States in September 2019. It is currently available in 20 other countries.

48. Dr Harsh Vardhan launches CuRED

Union Health and Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched CURED.

It is a website that gives comprehensive information about the numerous COVID-19 clinical trials that the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is engaged in partnership with industry, other government departments and ministries. CURED stands for CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs (CURED).

49. Tamil Nadu CM inaugurates Martyrs Memorial

A Martyrs Memorial was inaugurated at the state police headquarters of Tamil Nadu on the eve of the Police Commemoration Day.

It has been established in recognition of personnel who died while discharging their duty, besides those who succumbed to COVID-19.

CM Palaniswami also inaugurated a water fountain and planted a sapling at the police headquarters.

50. Task force to reduce man-animal conflict

In view of the growing incidents of man-animal conflict in Odisha, the Government has formed a State level task force.

It has been formed under the chairmanship of principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden Harishankar Upadhyay.

The force will prepare a master plan during the next three years. It has been asked to submit a report within six weeks.

51. ‘Neem G’ e-autos to hit streets of Nepal

Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL), a public sector undertaking, has started exporting electric autos ‘Neem G’ to Nepal. The e-autos have been manufactured by KAL at its factories in Kerala.

25 units of e-auto ‘Neem G’ will be exported to Nepal in the first phase while the state is expecting to sell 500 units more in Nepal. The Neem G auto has a mileage of 80 to 90 km in a single charge.

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